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Police arrested the driver, 55-year-old Brooklyn resident Aleksandr Patlakh, and charged him with a failure to stop for a pedestrian and failure to use due care.
The NYPD has filed charges against a school bus driver who allegedly struck and killed a teenager walking in a crosswalk in Brooklyn on Monday morning.
A bus driver has been arrested and charged after a 15-year-old girl was killed in a hit-and-run in Brooklyn on Monday morning.
Aleksandr Patlakh Arrested and Charged
Police arrested the driver, 55-year-old Brooklyn resident Aleksandr Patlakh, and charged him with failing to stop for a pedestrian and not using due care. He was issued an appearance ticket at the desk.
According to authorities, the suspect did not turn himself in; instead, the police tracked him down and took him into custody somewhere in Brooklyn.
Witnesses say the bus had children on board when the incident occurred shortly before 8 a.m.
The bus was transporting the children to a nearby Jewish school, as classes are still open for private schools.
The driver was making a slow right turn at the intersection of Bedford Avenue and Quentin Road in Sheepshead Bay.
Antonina Zatulovska Death
The victim, identified as Antonina Zatulovska, 15, had the right of way and was in the crosswalk when she was struck.
The 15-year-old girl was found lying on the road.
“I heard the screaming or screaming and then I started going down this side,” a witness said. “People started activating 911 and emergency services and within 10 seconds I already saw some of the private ambulance companies and some of the private volunteers. They responded immediately.”
Witnesses say the bus fled the scene, but police believe the driver did not know the girl was hit.
Eyewitness News reporter CeFaan Kim posted a video of the school bus on his Twitter account.
Transportation Alternatives Executive Director Danny Harris issued a statement in response to the incident:
“We are heartbroken and angry, and send our deepest condolences to the loved ones of the teenager killed outside a school in Sheepshead Bay this morning. Whether they are crossing the road, standing at bus stops or being pushed in pushchairs, the accidents Traffic laws continue to kill our children and continue to be the leading cause of injury deaths for New York City children,” Harris said.